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Will Young cast in Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre

Saturday, 18th Nov 2017  

Strictly Ballroom - Piccadilly Theatre

Back in September we heard the news that Baz Luhrmann’s well known film Strictly Ballroom would be headed to the West End as a stage musical in 2018.

At the time casting was unannounced but details have finally emerged regarding those set to take on the lead role in one of the many anticipated productions of next year.

One of them is Will Young, who will inhabit a part that has been put together for him, whilst many well known performers will inhabit further beloved roles.

Strictly Ballroom will form one of many West End musicals that have their origins on the big screen. The musical, which began life as a 1992 film, will be the latest adaptation to land in Theatreland following the likes of School of Rock, An American in Paris and previous hits like Billy Elliot The Musical.

But it isn’t the first time it has been staged, with previous productions appearing Down Under in locations like Sydney.

With the London production, however, a bandleader role has been devised for Will Young, according to London theatre Guide, and that will mean audiences will be able to witness another familiar face on the stage. Young is best known as a pop star and famously won the 2002 series of Pop Idol (the precursor to The X-Factor and other similar shows), before going on to make further appearances in the charts and on the screen.

As an actor he has appeared in Carbaret at the Savoy Theatre in 2012, whilst also appearing in television shows and in other stand-out regional productions.

He isn’t the only new cast members announced, however, as he will be joined by some talented names when the show opens in March. They include Zizi Strallen, Jonny Labey, Michelle Bishop, Ivan De Freitas, Gabriela Garcia, Charlotte Gooch, Richard Grieve, Liam Marcellino, Stephen Matthews, Fernando Mira, Eve Polycarpou, Lauren Stroud and Gary Watson.

Strictly Ballroom is set to open at the Piccadilly Theatre next, with a run at the West End venue from Friday 16th March 2018 to Saturday 21st July 2018.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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